Recap and More: 'Canes Slip In OT
MIAMI (AP)–Demetris Murray had a 1-yard touchdown run in overtime and South Florida stunned Miami 23-20 on Saturday, sending the Hurricanes to their worst season at home since 1997.
Bobby Eveld tied the game with a 1-yard run with 2 minutes left in regulation, then got the Bulls back to the 1 with a 9-yard catch in overtime. Murray went over the top of the pile one play later, and the Bulls (7-4) rushed the field wildly.
Miami had a chance to win in regulation, but Jacory Harris threw an interception–with the Hurricanes in field goal range–with 5 seconds left. Matt Bosher kicked a 38-yarder on the first possession of overtime for Miami, but it wasn’t enough as the Hurricanes (7-5) finished 3-3 at home for the first time in 14 seasons.
Murray had two TD runs and Moise Plancher rushed for 103 yards for the Bulls. Storm Johnson had a 71-yard touchdown run for Miami.
The Hurricanes trailed 10-0 in the third quarter, before Lamar Miller’s 8-yard run finally got them on the board. And when Johnson got loose up the middle on Miami’s first play of the final period–his first carry of the game– the Hurricanes seemed to have control.
Miami had used three other running backs before turning to Johnson, and the freshman quickly made the move look brilliant.
It was the longest rush by a Miami ballcarrier since Frank Gore got loose for a 77-yard gain against Syracuse on Nov. 17. 2001, and the longest touchdown run for a Hurricane since Clinton Portis’ 82-yarder against McNeese State on Aug. 31, 2000.
But in the end, an interception–Miami’s biggest problem all season– spelled trouble. Instead of giving Bosher a chance to win it in Miami’s home finale, Harris was picked off by Jerrell Young, and the Bulls immediately began celebrating, as if they just knew they would pull it out in overtime.
Which they always do–USF is now 9-0 all-time in overtime.
Miami came into the game having put up at least 420 yards of offense in seven straight games, a streak that no Hurricanes team in more than 15 years– not even the 2001 national championship squad–managed.
So inexplicably, the offense sputtered against South Florida. Or more specifically, stalled.
The Hurricanes punted on their first six possessions, then finally got something going late in the first half, driving 57 yards to get a first-and-goal at the South Florida 1.
The end result? No points.
Damien Berry was stopped on first down, starting quarterback Stephen Morris was stopped on second down, and Berry not only was stopped on third down, he fumbled the ball out of the end zone for a turnover with 3:43 left in before intermission.
South Florida drove 77 yards, and Maikon Bonani’s 21-yard field goal with no time left in the half gave the Bulls a 3-0 lead.
Morris was intercepted on Miami’s first possession of the second half, setting up a two-play, 18-yard drive that was capped by Murray’s touchdown run that put South Florida ahead 10-0.
That was the end for Morris, who completed 8 of 17 passes for 78 yards and an interception. Harris–the former starter who hadn’t played since getting a concussion against Virginia on Oct. 30–took over the rest of the way, finishing 12 of 18 for 110 yards, and the one huge interception.
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Starting for Miami on defense was: Allen Bailey (LDE), Micanor Regis (LT), Marcus Forston (RT), Olivier Vernon (RDE), Sean Spence (WLB), Colin McCarthy (MLB), Ramon Buchanan (SLB), Brandon Harris (CB), Vaughn Telemaque (FS), JoJo Nicolas (SS), Ryan Hill (CB).
Miami Head Coach Randy Shannon
“It’s one of those games you fight and play hard… we had opportunities in the red zone and couldn’t convert all day long, turning the football over in the red zone. It was sad to see the seniors go out on not a good note. Guys on defense played hard and kept us in the game the entire time and had an opportunity on one of the drives to make a play and cancel out some points in that situation. Just down, that’s how we feel right now. The players are down, team is down, it’s just a tough one. Like I’ve been saying all year long, the same things [are] happening to us as a football team and we can’t win games like that when those things continue to happen.”
On starting Stephen Morris overJacoryHarris
“Jacoryjust wasn’t playing very well in practice this week. He wasn’t in a rhythm like we are used to. We knew we were going to play him sometime during the course of the game, we just weren’t sure when. We decided to go with him in the second half to see where he was at.”
On not running on the last play of regulation
“Our run game wasn’t very good today besides Storm Johnson’s long run. If you take that run away from that game, we didn’t do very much in the run game. They were stuffing our run game pretty hard, so you have to take your chances.”
On punting six times in the first half
“I think the defense kept us in the game and the offense couldn’t run the football. They did a great job stuffing our run game and we couldn’t run. The defense had to come up and keep us in the game like they did.”
On having such high expectations before the season
It’s always disappointing. As a coach you never sit around and say I am satisfied no matter what. Any coach across the nation will tell you that. The only time you are satisfied is when you win it all. 10-2, 9-3, yeah you are happy, but you are never satisfied.”
On starting whoever gives you the best chance to win
“That’s all. We always try to find the quarterback that gives us the best chance to win and whoever is hotter at the time. We feel like we have two quarterbacks that are making plays, doing different things and making different mistakes, so we do get discouraged by that but we keep telling them to be the best that they can be.”
DL Adewale Ojomo
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